OnScreen GPA Pro for iPhone and iPod Touch, the latest app from OnScreen Science, Inc., has been available from the iTunes App Store for a little over a week. This grade-point-average calculator, with an option for multiple students, features customizable calculation formulas and an easy way to make what-if projections of GPA.
The app debuted on what turned out to be a bad day. Usually when an app first appears on the store it gets a chance to be on the first page for apps in its category ordered by release date for a day or two. There were so many apps released on the same day that, due to its assigned time of release, OnScreen GPA Pro ended up near the bottom of page 4 in the Education category from the start and then went to page 9 (virtual oblivion) the next day. It makes a lot of difference from the standpoint of initial sales to be visible on those first couple of days. Having missed that opportunity, OnScreen GPA Pro has had to rely from the start on people using the iTunes search system to come across it. A search on “GPA” brings up several apps, and, as a newcomer, OnScreen GPA Pro is not near the top of the list, not even visible unless the person chooses “Show All,” which makes it less likely people will check out its features to discover the extra power it offers.
One of the things that’s making it harder to even get that initial visibility due to a new release on the iTunes App store is that quite a few developers are releasing suites of apps all at the same time. For example, OnScreen QB Stats got swamped by a slew of apps that just followed NFL players on Twitter. There was a separate app for each team! OnScreen GPA Pro ran into a couple of foreign language series. I wish Apple would come up with a way to show a suite of apps as a single entry.
In order to get OnScreen GPA Pro onto more iPhones and iPod Touches and hopefully to thereby generate some good word-of-mouth (or blog) advertising, I’m making the app free for a week. Just go here and download it. If you like OnScreen GPA Pro, I hope you’ll rate it and perhaps write a brief review. If you don’t like it—and especially if you encounter a problem—please email me about it, whether or not you rate it.
Tell anyone you know who might be interested in having an easy way of calculating GPA and having handy access to GPA records about this limited-time free download.